In May 28 Issue
Will there be a Lakefest celebration this July? That seems to be the question on people's minds in Jamestown.
For several weeks, rumors have been swirling about whether the longstanding holiday celebration will take place this year, partly due to the forthcoming construction on the new Russell County Justice Center among other issues.
Councilwoman and Lakefest Chair Marcelene Taylor didn't say at last week's monthly meeting of the Jamestown Council whether or not there would be a celebration this year.
"We've had a lot of obstacles come up that we're dealing with," she said.
Last July, Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates said that this year's celebration around Monument Square may be jeopardized at its current location due to the building of the Justice Center.
"It will probably be really hampered next year," Bates said at the time. "I don't know how much of downtown will be used yet."
Taylor said the Lakefest committee would be meeting and making some final decisions on the celebration in the coming days.
In other happenings at the meeting:
The city of Jamestown now has a fire subscription service for areas adjacent to but outside the legal description of the city's annexed limits after the city council passed their first ordinance of 2009.
In the past, the city of Jamestown has provided fire suppression services for territory outside the city limits and as a result of the rising costs of these services the city established a subscription fire service for the areas contiguous to but outside the city's corporate limits.
According to the ordinance, the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department will continue to respond to all fire suppression requests regardless of membership in the subscription system.
The system will operate on a voluntary basis for residences and businesses outside the city's corporate limits, including all land areas east and south of the city limits to the shores of Lake Cumberland.
Then, west from the city limits to the Russell-Adair County line at Hwy. 92, then, southeast along Hwy. 832 and Warriner Ridge Rd. to the headwaters of Clifty Creek.
All water surface area of Lake Cumberland located within the boundaries of Russell County is also included.
Residences and businesses outside the city limits that are not subscribers to the system will be billed directly for the services rendered by the fire department.
The residence or business owner is responsible for the payment.
Annual subscriptions rates are as follows: Commercial, $100, non-profit, $50, and residential, $40. The billing for individual services varies for those not subscribed to the new system.
The city council heard the first readings of the amended 2008-09 budget and the budget for the upcoming 2009-10 fiscal year. The council will hear the second readings of these budgets in June and will vote on their passage then.
Public Works Director Ottis Skaggs said the city has roughly around $40,000 to go toward patching up streets and roads which were damaged over the winter months.
The city's leaders heard a resolution on the Municipal Aid Road Fund during the meeting that gives the city to go ahead with some of the road work.
"Mostly what we're doing is just patching," said Mayor Brooks Bates. "It's all we've got money for."
Mayor Bates officially announced the retirement of Police Chief Mike Keaton, effective on May 31. He also introduced the interim chief, Derek Polston, who has already taken over the position.
"I've got all the confidence in the world in Derek," he said. "We'll be in good stead."
Bates also touched on the ongoing issue of Jamestown not giving money for the running of the senior citizens center, saying
"I feel like that our citizens who live in Jamestown pay the same amount of money as somebody in Union Chapel or Eli, we do pay county taxes."